Two icons of wildness and culture in one grand expedition
Embark on a sweeping adventure that encapsulates all the wildness of Galápagos balanced with the cultural and historic experiences of Machu Picchu & Peru's Land of the Inca. You’ll explore Galápagos in depth aboard the 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II, a fully-equipped expedition ship with tools for exploration. Encounter abundant wildlife—snorkel with sea lions and hike the highlands among giant tortoises. Then journey to contemporary Lima and historic Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight at Machu Picchu and and enjoy the luxury of a second day with options like an early hike out to the iconic Sun Gate, the final checkpoint on the Inca Trail.
Have up-close encounters with Galápagos wildlife and explore the undersea, too
Benefit from 50+ years of experience and relationships in Galápagos to see all you came for and more
Explore fabled Machu Picchu, royal sanctuary of Inca Pachacuti, over two days
Discover Cusco’s array of cultural influences and explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca
Explore the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo
In one grand expedition experience all the wildness of Galápagos and the sublime archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu. Experience the wildlife of Galápagos, legendary for its uniqueness and lack of fear, allowing you the rare experience of being treated as an equal in the wild world. See its endemic species and explore the undersea. Then discover the culture and history of Peru and the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu. Throughout you’ll explore with a top team of naturalists and historians who add layers of insight and interest to everything you do.
Upon arrival in Guayaquil, transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil, a convenient locally-owned hotel, for an overnight stay. Most international flights arrive in the late evening. If you wish, you may instead fly into Quito, Ecaudor's historic capital city in the highlands, elect a pre-voyage extension to Mashpi Reserve in the tropical Andes, or arrive a day early in Guayaquil to rest and relax. Or opt for the full-day excursion from Guayaquil to Hacienda La Danesa.
Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark Ship
This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board National Geographic Endeavour II. After lunch, we begin our exploration of the islands and their remarkable wildlife. (B,L,D)
Exploring the Galápagos Islands
Listed below is a sample of islands we may visit during our expedition. All ship itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations. (B,L,D Daily)
North Seymour: Follow coastal trails past playful Galápagos sea lions on this wildlife-rich central island. Continue inland through a silvery forest of endemic palo santo trees, where frigatebirds nest, blue-footed boobies dance, and where we may also encounter prehistoric-looking land iguanas feeding on cactus.
Isabela: Cross the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye open for whales and dolphins, sea turtles and the elusive ocean sunfish. Over two days, land in the footsteps of Darwin and Melville, and look for wildlife along the wildly eroded volcanic shore.
Fernandina: One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos—and home to the strange flightless cormorant, Galápagos penguins and the largest marine iguanas. Hikes ashore lead across impressive recent lava flows.
Española: See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and, seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatross at this birdy paradise, also home to vividly colored marine iguanas. Watch sea lions on the wide sand beach, and snorkel offshore, at Gardner Bay.
Floreana: Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the famous barrel at Post Office Bay.
Santa Cruz: Visit Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. See the monument to Lonesome George, and tour the giant tortoise breeding corrals. See the giant tortoises roaming in the wild in the lush, green highlands.
Bartolomé: Climb the steps to the summit of this 300-foot volcanic wonderland for stunning views. Explore, swim and snorkel from the beach. You might even see Galápagos penguins, one of world’s rarest.
Santiago: Explore tide pools and look for fur seals sheltered in quiet grottos of black basalt. Swim, snorkel, kayak and paddleboard along Santiago’s spectacular coast, and explore an enchanting coastal forest where Charles Darwin once walked.
Genovesa: Sail across the Equator to the remote northern realm of the Galápagos, surrounded by warmer tropical waters.
San Cristobal: Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard—found only on this easternmost island, and dig your toes into the powdery white sand at a gorgeous beach fronted by iconic Kicker Rock. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.
Galápagos / Guayaquil / Lima, Peru
Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru. Check-in at Belmond Miraflores Park, where we spend two nights (new for 2022). Set on a green promenade overlooking the Pacific in fashionable Miraflores, this much-loved hotel is the perfect base to explore. (B,L)
Explore World Heritage-designated colonial Lima this morning, where we stroll the Plaza Mayor and delight in a private welcome lunch with a special musical presentation at Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest houses in Lima. Then visit the extraordinary Larco Museum dedicated to pre-Columbian art. Return to our hotel with dinner on your own to sample local fare. (B,L)
Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley
Board a short scenic flight to Cusco this morning, and continue to Moray—a visually stunning Inca site with dramatic agricultural terraces in the heart of the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley. After lunch and an opportunity to experience a local market, check-in at Belmond Rio Sagrado, set in verdant gardens with views over the valley. (B,L,D)
Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites and culture of the Sacred Valley in the company of National Geographic expert Peter Frost (or a colleague), who has lived and worked in Peru for decades. He or a colleague joins us for a talk at our hotel and a visit to the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo, set above a thriving Inca community. Lunch is at a working, family-owned hacienda, where we are treated to a show of Peruvian Paso horses, and National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, founder of El Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco, demonstrates Inca weaving traditions. (B,L,D)
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
Marvel at the dramatic scenery and life along the river en route this morning by train to Machu Picchu, the Inca royal retreat famously introduced to the world by Hiram Bingham in the April 1913 issue of National Geographic magazine. Check-in at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the World Heritage site, with the leisure to explore over two days in the company of our hand-picked tour director and local guides. Lunch and dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Machu Picchu / Cusco
Awaken this morning at Machu Picchu, where options include an early hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail. After lunch, return by train and bus to Cusco—the center of the Inca universe and a burgeoning cultural capital. Check-in at the Belmond Hotel Monasterio on Plaza Nazarenas in the heart of Cusco for two nights. Occupying a monastery founded in 1592, our hotel—like much of colonial Cusco—is built atop Inca stones. (B,L,D)
Explore the magnificently ornate 17th-century cathedral, sacred Inca Temple of the Sun, and other treasures of Cusco. Visit nearby Sacsayhuamán, where a series of imposing terrace walls, the most impressive yet, command views over the city. Relax, shop, or visit one of Cusco’s many churches and museums this afternoon. Dinner is on your own tonight. (B,L)
Cusco / Lima / Home
After breakfast and a final morning at leisure, say goodbye to the Land of the Inca and fly from Cusco back to Lima, connecting to flights home, or join our Upper Amazon Expedition aboard Delfin II. (B, L)
Book by January 13, 2023, for FREE ROUND-TRIP economy group airfare from Miami to Galápagos/Lima to Cusco on select 2022-23 departures. Upgrade to Business Class to Guayaquil starting at $750, subject to availability. All offers are valid for new bookings only, must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions and are subject to availability at time of booking. In the case that offered Miami flights are no longer available, Lindblad reserves the right to issue a credit. Baggage fees may be additional.
TRAVELING AS A GROUP
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CELEBRATE LIFE'S MILESTONES
Join us and celebrate your great milestones, including birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, retirements, and more. Beginning in 2023, groups of 8 or more traveling together in celebration receive 5% off and a complimentary group photograph, while the cabin-of-honor receives onboard ship credit, beautiful cake, and more onboard celebrations. Milestone celebration must be communicated at time of booking. Milestone amenity package is one per group, intended for the guest celebrating the Milestone event. Group discount is applicable to cruise portion only, and does not apply towards additional services such as hotels, extensions, airfare, etc. Group cancellation terms also apply. Not combinable with certain offers.
BRINGING THE KIDS
We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.
Extend Your Stay in Ecuador: Add extra nights in Quito or Guayaquil
Our plan for the day was to explore the northern shores of the island, hoping to encounter wild Galapagos land iguanas. In the afternoon, we planned to explore the underwater world at the Guy Fawkes Islet and then finish our day sailing around the famous Daphne Major. After an early breakfast we set off to our disembarkation point at Cerro Dragon. After a walk of about a hundred yards along the shoreline, we went inland to explore a deciduous Palo Santo forest. It seemed that the very first rain of the season had fallen a mere few days ago, as the trees were starting to produce new green shoots. The new sprouting vegetation is an important food source for the local land iguanas, so we were lucky to see many Land Iguanas grazing just after coming out of their burrows. Large males seem to be getting more colorful than usual, as the mating season is about to start. After enjoying the incredible photo opportunities of the morning’s excursion, we headed back to the shore to take our zodiacs back to the ship. Once on board, we got ready to explore the underwater world, either by swimming and snorkeling from a beach or by snorkeling at the nearby Guy Fawkes Islet, which proved to be one of the best snorkeling outings we had so far during this expedition. Several of our guests had the opportunity to interact with the local sea lion pups, as myriads small fish swarmed in the shallows, while some other guests had the chance to see white-tipped reef sharks and a larger Galapagos shark. Once back on board, we enjoyed a typical Ecuadorian lunch as our ship heaved anchor to take us out to sea. As we closed down on Daphne Major, naturalist Fabio Buchelli gave a talk on Charles Darwin and his visit to the Galapagos Archipelago. As sunset drew close we gathered at the sundeck for a wine tasting while expedition leader Paula Tagle told us about the unique circumstances and results of Peter and Rosemary Grant’s research on this tiny speck of land. As I write these last lines, guests gather at the lounge to learn about what new and exciting experiences a new day will bring us. Last night, the National Geographic Endeavour II heaved anchor just past midnight to sail around the east coast of Santa Cruz Island to its northern shores. This morning as first light broke our ship rode anchor gently in the protected waters of the northern coast.